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Murder Mystery | 2019 | PG-13 | – 4.5.4

content-ratingsWhy is “Murder Mystery” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “violence/bloody images, crude sexual content, and language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes some passionate kissing and near sex, attempted seduction, references to sex and discussions of sex and infidelity, and many cleavage revealing outfits; several murders by gunshot, stabbing and poisoning ending in somewhat bloody wounds, a few fights with punches landing and an extended car chase, and many arguments; and 1 not fully enunciated F-word derivative along with nearly 20 scatological terms and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


A NYC police officer (Adam Sandler) and his hairdresser wife (Jennifer Aniston) try to travel to Europe for a much delayed, modest honeymoon only to get implicated in the murders of a few rich and privileged people. Also Luke Evans, Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, David Walliams, Dany Boon, John Kani, Adeel Akhtar, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Luis Gerardo Méndez and Shioli Kutsuna. Directed by Kyle Newacheck. [Running Time: 1:37]

Murder Mystery SEX/NUDITY 4

 – A man and woman enter a room and kiss passionately against the door, they fall onto a bed and the man lies on top of the woman kissing her but stops abruptly (implying impotence or a case of PE); the woman leaves the room and he chases her (a man and woman are hiding under the bed, listening and laughing). A husband and his wife go into an airplane bathroom and the man begins to unfasten his belt thinking that they are going to have sex (there is no sex and he fastens his belt again). A husband tries to seduce his wife while they lie in bed, clothed (nothing happens).
 Several women talk about romance and sex in marriage. A woman makes a reference to the size of her partner’s genitals. Women talk about suggestive emojis sent by text. A man talks about his fiancée having left him for his older uncle. A man makes a crude joke about another man paying him to have sex with his wife. A woman says that the title of a movie she starred in was, “Sex Machina.” A woman describes a woman’s costume in a movie that includes a bra with guns in it. A man makes a comment about a chef “breast feeding” shrimp. A man describes another man’s fiancée marrying another man and that the woman died in childbirth along with the infant. A man makes a comment about his “hot” Latin language teacher in high school.
 A woman wears low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes. A woman wears a nightdress that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders, back and legs to upper thighs. A woman wears shorts and a crop top that reveal cleavage, bare abdomen and back and legs to the upper thighs. A woman wears a swimsuit that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and legs to the hips. A woman wears a low-cut tank top that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a dress with straps that reveal cleavage, bare back, shoulders and sides at the waist. A woman wears a bikini that reveals cleavage, bare abdomen and legs to the hips.


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Murder Mystery VIOLENCE/GORE 5

 – The lights in a room go out and we hear screaming and a gunshot; when the lights return a man is shown dead on the floor with a dagger in his chest and blood on his shirt. A man removes a dagger from a dead man’s chest (he twists it and pulls it out with a crunch and a squish), and then clumsily reinserts the knife in the dead man’s chest with more crunching and squishing. We hear a man’s voice as he answers a knock at the door then three gunshots; we see the victim with three bloody holes in his chest and abdomen as he collapses dead. Many gunshots are fired at a man and woman in a library; they tip over giants bookshelves and run away. Several gunshots are fired into a room where a man and a woman are standing and they climb out a window and along a ledge to get away. A woman holds a gun on two men and a woman and the first woman is shot with a blow dart in the throat by another person. A dead man is shown in a chair with foaming at the mouth (presumably after being poisoned). We see flashbacks to several murders being carried out by different people. A woman holds a gun on several people and a man shoots her in the shoulder (we see a bloody bullet hole in her arm).
 A man tackles another man and they roll down a flight of stairs, the second man holds a gun on the first man, puts him in a car and they speed away, then punches him in the face when he reaches for a gun (we see the punched man unconscious with some blood on his mouth). A man punches another man in the face and he falls down a few stairs; the first man draws a gun on the other man as he walks into a street and is struck by a bus (we do not see the result).
 A woman punches a man in the face when he startles her (no injury is shown). A man holding a lamp enters a room and another man with a gun follows behind him and points the gun at the man and a woman. A man throws a plate at a person that aims a blow dart at him and the plate grazes the person’s head.
 A car chase includes two cars speeding through narrow roads, nearly hitting two goats, one car crashes through a small airplane, one car slides along a stone wall, one car crashes into the back of the other lifting it off the road and the second car slams into a statue (we see the driver and passenger with bloody head wounds). A man is missing an eye and has a large scar over his eye and we see the scar in a scene when he is not wearing his eye patch. A woman is shown with a bloody gash on her forehead. A man unscrews his prosthetic hand and takes it off.
 A man and a woman are suspected of murdering a man and we hear a television report about the police “arresting them at first sight.” A man confronts a teenager in a convenience store for stealing and finds a number of items in his backpack; the teen threatens him until the man identifies himself as a police officer. A man and woman argue in several scenes. A wife confronts her husband about not going anywhere to vacation. A man talks about getting blind drunk and destroying wedding festivities. A man describes another man having lost his eye and his arm in an explosion (he wears an eye patch and a prosthetic hand). A man talks about his father having lost his legs in an accident. A man talks about having a heart problem. Two men talk about one of them lying to his wife about not passing an exam for promotion. A man says that his wife is lactose intolerant and that she “burps in her sleep.”


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Murder Mystery LANGUAGE 4

 – 1 not fully enunciated F-word derivative, 12 sexual references, 19 scatological terms, 10 anatomical terms, 13 mild obscenities, name-calling (cranky, bored, insomniac, schmuck, Sir Liver Spots, crazy, suspicious, screaming queen, tart, leeches, repugnant, stupid, idiots, Princess Blow-dart, tramp, bastard, cad, Soviet Chewbacca, insane), exclamations (oh my gosh, shut-up, what the… Jackpot, jeez, holy cow), 3 religious profanities (GD), 38 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, My God, God, Jesus, Holy [scatological term deleted], As God Is My Witness, Good God, Holy Cow). | profanity glossary |


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Murder Mystery SUBSTANCE USE

 – Men and women drink with a meal at a restaurant, a man drinks from a glass of whisky at a bar, a woman drinks a glass of wine at a bar, a man orders and drinks from a bottle of beer at a bar, a man talks about getting blind drunk and destroying wedding festivities, a comment is made about someone having been an alcoholic, a man asks another man if he wants to go for a beer and the second man declines, people drink at a celebration, a man and woman drink beer in a café, a husband says that his wife came back drunk one evening, a man drops two cellphones into a pitcher of beer, and a man drinks a glass of champagne in several scenes. A man puts a cigar between the digits of his prosthetic hand and smokes.


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Murder Mystery DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Success, promotions, honesty, disappointment, testing, wedding anniversaries, love, murder, inheritance, wealth, excess, failure, motives for murder, revenge, teamwork.

Murder Mystery MESSAGE

 – Lying will eventually catch up to you. The rich appear more sophisticated but they’re not smarter.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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